Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 30 mins

Super easy Jewish cake and you get to use the food processor!


  1. Place the sugar and the butter together in a food processor with the steel blade and process until creamed.
  2. Add the eggs and the milk, pulsing after each addition. Then add the flour, baking powder, and the lemon rind, pulsing until a smooth mass is formed.
  3. Place the dough in a greased and floured 9- by 9-inch square baking pan. Pat down and bake in a preheated 350°F oven for 30 minutes. When cool enough to handle, turn out on a rack.
  4. Sprinkle with confectioners’ sugar, slice, and serve.
Most Helpful

I grew up making this cake. My great aunt handed it down to me. We always put a chocolate fudge icing on it and for the holidays she would add mincemeat to it and it was always a big hit either way.

Mary F. March 21, 2016

I halved the recipe and made this in a small spring form pan. I added two teaspoon of lemon juice as well as the lemon zest, and my Poor Man’s cake (just LOVE the name!) was moist and flavoursome. For a touch of decadence, we ate it with lemon curd. Delicious! Thanks for sharing this recipe, KmartKlutz!

bluemoon downunder November 06, 2005

This is a good, basic cake. I tried a piece sprinkled with sugar, as suggested, a piece with chocolate frosting, and a piece with cream cheese frosting. It was much better with the sugar and the cream cheese frostings than with the chocolate. I should try it with fresh strawberries…

Chef Patience November 04, 2005